Tech agenda: Conferences address future of web, cities
Friday 22 April 2011
Technology companies from Europe and the US will gather in Amsterdam to discuss the future of mobile devices and the internet at the Next Web Conference. In China, Smart Cities will investigate how technology can be used to build more efficient cities.
6th The Next Web Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Next Web Conference is run by technology blog The Next Web (TNW). The three-day conference is a hub for thinkers who want to investigate and explore the future of the web. Speakers include notorious hacker Pablos Holman, founder of the Pirate Party movement Rick Falkvinge, American blogger Robert Scoble, and chief strategist, Digital Media at Adobe Mark Randall. This year TNW will invite 200 developers from across Europe to participate in its first TNW Hackathon.
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1st Smart Cities
Wyndham Grand Plaza
Smart Cities is a two-day conference run by ABI forums that investigates how existing and emerging technologies can be stitched together to create more efficient cities. Through forums, lectures and case studies, Smart Cities discusses how complex IT, telecom, transportation and utility technologies can be networked together to form a coherent system. Smart Cities is one of a number of new conferences that are exploring the future of connected cities including Tonkin’s Smart Cities 2011 in Australia (July), the Cognitive Cities Conference in Germany (February), and Smart Grids Smart Cities in Portugal (September).
1st BlackBerry World
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida, USA
The annual BlackBerry Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) is now part of BlackBerry World, a new conference dedicated to Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry mobile phone and tablet platform. BlackBerry World provides a 360° view of the BlackBerry platform from exciting new technology and software announcements to discussions about how the BlackBerry mobile solution can be improved. BlackBerry World expects to attract around 5,000 putting it on par with Apple's WWDC and Google’s I/O developer events, however unlike WWDC and Google I/O, BlackBerry World is not just reserved for developers. There are Demo sessions to show products in action, BlackBerry Training sessions, hands-on labs, and keynotes by top industry executives.
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Verona Exhibition Center
This year's Solarexpo has joined with Bioenergy expo - the trade fair for the bio-energy industry. The Solarexpo covers photovoltaic units or solar panels, street lighting, hydro and wind power and bio-energy devices such as heating systems. In 2010 the event attracted over 1,000 exhibitors representing 43 European and non-European countries and received 69,500 visitors from the industry. The exhibition is smaller in terms of visitor size than Enertec in January yet has a much wider focus.
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Google I/O is the company's largest developer event of the year. The intensive two-day event focuses on development for Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, GWT, App Engine, and open web technologies. The event will feature 80 sessions and more than 100 demonstrations given by some of the more than 3,000 developers expected to attend the event. It's the place to talk with the engineers building the next generation of web, mobile and enterprise applications. Free viewing events are hosted around the world, online and at Google offices, for those who can’t attend the event in person.
17th FutureEverything Festival
Various venues in Manchester
Formerly known as the Futuresonic festival, the FutureEverything festival is a wide-ranging event that includes "world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music program, and visionary thinkers from around the world." The FutureEverything conference will explore topics like emotional computing and digital culture within urban environments, FutureEverything music will showcase ground-breaking performances and FutureEverything art will celebrate creative new media and digital crafts. A host of satellite events and workshops will also take place around Manchester parallel to the festival. In 2009 the FutureEverything festival attracted 75,000 visitors.
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31st COMPUTEX Taipei
May 31 - June 4
Taipei World Trade Center
With 106,450 square meters of exhibition space, Computex Taipei is the largest computer exhibition in Asia, second in the world only to CeBIT in Germany. Many large computing firms have research and development centers or production factories in Taiwan and will be coming to the 31st edition of the event to launch their new products. A full spectrum of products are set for launch during the event including e-readers, 3D technology, mobile devices and tablet PCs. More than 121,000 visitors attended Computex in 2010 to see products and services from over 1,700 exhibitors.
10th CeBIT Australia
May 31 - June 2
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT takes place annually in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a 10th of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including AusInnovate NBN, eHealth, eGovernment, Cloud Computing and WebForward) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 600 exhibitors and 30,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2011.
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